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By Tayla Kershaw
AS one of the youngest candidates to
stand for Bass Coast Shire Council,
Wonthaggi’s Ashley Lamers aims to
inspire his community.
The 26 year old will be running for Western-
port Ward due to his background and interest in
the agricultural sector.
“Westernport is unique. It’s a huge ward and
the farming community plays an important role
in our shire,” he said.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge how
the dairy crisis has affected our farming families
and work together on how best to develop this
Mr Lamers has proven he has the commu-
nity’s best interests at heart through his many
volunteer roles over the years.
“I have been lucky for the opportunities I
have received and I think it’s important to give
back to the community that has given so much to
me,” he said.
“I have been involved with the ag show so-
ciety and this is my third year with the Rotary
Club. I joined the board after my first year and I
was elected president for 2017.
“My family has lived here for more than 50
years and they all have strong community val-
ues. My grandfather
was captain of the
Wonthaggi CFA and
worked in the same
shop for many years,
my mum was in-
volved with the Pony
Club and my dad has
owned farming land
in Inverloch. It’s
been really encour-
If elected to
council, Mr Lamers
wants to capitalise
on sports tourism in
the area, continue to
the visitor services
in the Wonthaggi
and vouch for the
installation of traffic
lights at the McK-
burra Road intersec-
tion in Wonthaggi.
He also believes in developing strong rela-
tionships and communicating appropriately with
(Zephyr) and Kenzi
battled through seven
close games to see
Averil win 12-10 on
Shelby Cobra (Michael
Ede, Archie Paxton) also
had a close doubles and
match win against Maxi-
ma (Case deBondt, Ashley
A Reserve matches
were equally close. Beau
Allamby (Ponged) won
two of his matches on the
fifth in extremely close
games against Malachy
O’Flynn and Rowan Keat-
Only two of the nine
sets played were won in
three straight games with
a final 5-4 win to Ponged.
The match finally con-
cluded half an hour after
every other team had left
the table tennis centre.
B Grade top match
was between rival junior
players Jack Duff (But-
terfly) and Jack Donohue
There was no love lost
in this high standard hard
hitting decider between
the two young players.
Jack Duff sneaked over
the line on the third to give
Butterfly a 3-2 win.
Audi ............................ 16 15 (69)
GTS............................. 12 14 (64)
Mustangs .................... 12 13 (71)
T Model Ford............. 12 12 (56)
Maxima ......................... 8 13 (75)
Zephyr ........................... 8 11 (54)
Shelby Cobra (bye) ....... 4 11 (55)
Leading player: Bruce Harm-
Better than the Best..... 8 11 (40)
Incredibles.................... 4 9 (37)
Ponged .......................... 4 9 (33)
The Best........................ 4 9 (30)
Jetty Jumpers................. 4 8 (31)
DMack........................... 0 8 (30)
Leading player: Archie Pax-
The Ones ...................... 8 7 (15)
Indestructable.............. 8 6 (12)
Mean Machine ............. 4 6 (14)
Butterfly ....................... 4 5 (13)
Porsche .......................... 0 3 (9)
Fury ............................... 0 3 (7)
Leading players: Jack Duff,
Malachy O’Flynn (undefeated).
• Wonthaggi Table Tennis
Marathon A Grade battle
FRIDAY, August 19, Inverloch
A smaller group participated this week
as several of our members attended a scor-
ing training session followed by a weekend
congress at Traralgon Bridge Club, Friday
First with the excellent score of 64.88
were John Sullivan and Alan Johnston, cap-
ping off a strong week where they scored
some brilliant results.
Well done Bridge team, Sullivan and
Second at Inverloch were Faye Row-
lands and Pat West with a highly commend-
able 61.31 percent, another pair with a stel-
lar week of strong results.
Third was the stalwart team of Dawn
Jolly and Ruth Stevenson with a solid 50
Tarwin Lower, Tuesday, August 16.
This was the most populous venue this
John Sullivan and Alan Johnston shone
out from the rest with the best score of the
week and a stunning win with 70.71 percent,
miles ahead of all others.
Second were Kathryn Smith and Colin
Cameron, a strong, reliable, pair with a great
Third was the high achieving pair of
Faye Rowlands and Pat West with a very
fine 55.56 percent and fourth were the ever
reliable Frank Arndt and June Metcalf with
a lovely 55.19 percent.
Meeniyan, Monday, August 15.
Meeniyan is our only night venue for
those interested in playing in the evening.
First, with a very high 66.67 were Jack
Kuiper and Susan Ruffin, second with a
very skilful 59.38 were Viv Westaway and
Ineke De Graffe and third was the irrepress-
ible pair of Pat West and Faye Rowlands
with another fine score 58.33.
The club’s annual congress with be held
on the first week of November at the Daker’s
Centre in Leongatha and all are welcome.
Check our website for events, venues
A Grade: Giants de-
feated Saints (3:0) 25:12,
25:12, 25:15; Nads defeat-
ed Warriors (2:1) 25:22,
18:25, 24:17; Golliwogs
defeated Champions (2:0)
26:24, 25:20, 8:6.
B Grade: Falcons de-
feated Orsum (3:0) 25:20,
25:16, 25:11; Hulls An-
gels defeated Albatross
(3:0) 25: 23, 25:10, 25:17;
Panthers defeated Knights
(3:0) 25:11, 25:6, 25:11;
HELP defeated Gems
(3:0) 25:8, 25:14, 25:9.
Black defeated Blue
25:20, 5:3; White defeated
Red 25:12, 9:7.
South Gippsland Bridge Club
PLANS to formalise parking, rejuvenate
the amenities and fix the ailing seawall
along the Walkerville foreshore has
caused dissension within the commu-
The development, proposed by the Walker-
ville Foreshore committee of management will
be considered by the South Gippsland Shire
Council at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) ordinary
At last week’s public presentations, three
Walkerville residents raised their objections.
Don Atkins said the plans restrict public ac-
cess to a public beach and should only go ahead
after consultation with all shire ratepayers.
He said the foreshore committee was trying to
“dictate what is good for the whole community”.
“There is no record of accident or injury using
the current parking arrangements,” he said.
“I found it disappointing the council did not
insist all ratepayers and residents were given the
opportunity to have a say on the plan, as it is on
a council road.”
Alan Buck was also objecting on the basis of
lack of community consultation.
“I knew nothing about the plan (for the devel-
opment) until a member of the Walkerville Blue
Water Boating and Angling Club told me about
it,” he said.
“Consultation would have helped a hell of a
lot, together we could have developed something
that was more applicable to the area.”
Councillor Andrew McEwen said deferring
the application into November would allow suf-
ficient time for genuine community consultation.
“The real issue is there should have been con-
sultation in the basic planning stage,” he said.
Mr Buck said he would rather council de-
ferred the application.
“So we can have a proper consultation period.
Put it on hold for a little while in order to get a
better outcome,” he said.
Foreshore committee chair Bill Bray said the
proposed project had been in the works for sev-
eral years was approved by the planning minister
two years ago.
He said the committee held several meetings
which were open to the public in order to pro-
mote and discuss the project.
“We have been planning the project for some
time and I believe we had good consultation,” he
Mr Bray said the suggestion from Cr McE-
wen to defer the planning permit approval was
“If it is deferred, I am not sure how it will
change the plan. We want to see it improved for
everyone and we think we have a good plan,” he
“I don’t believe deferring the application will
change the outcome. The committee has spent
$30,000 on design, we have got the funds for the
project ready to go.
“The objections have been addressed.”
Foreshore project up for debate
Young leader steps up
Council shift: 26 year
old Ashley Lamers will
bring fresh ideas to
Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil as one of the young-
est candidates to run in
an election. He will be
running in the newly
“I think we need work on our customer ser-
vice ratings. I have a background in retail and I
believe in delivering quality customer service. At
the moment, I believe we have one of the lowest
ratings in the shire,” he said.
“Council isn’t listening to people’s needs, it’s
listening to consultants. I think fewer decisions
need to be made behind closed doors. They need
to be justified and under public scrutiny to deliver
a broader understanding.”
WESTERNPORT candidate Ashley
Lamers believes Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil needs to do more to generate interest
from local youth.
“There are not too many young people willing
to be involved, and Bass Coast would have to be
one of the greatest places to serve your commu-
nity,” he said.
“I think council is missing the mark and needs
to hone its strategies to get young people inter-
Council recently developed its youth action
plan, which has produced a number of projects
to get local teenagers working on their leadership
Council’s general manager healthy communi-
ties David Elder said this action plan has opened
up several doors for young people.
“They’ve had the opportunity to go visit
council chambers, they’ve spoken to the council-
lors and they’ve been to parliament. We are play-
ing a part to help get young people interested in
council,” he said.
“We’ve raised our profile amongst the young-
However, as a young councillor, Cr Andrew
Community minded: Westernport Ward candidate Ashley Lamers firmly believes in sup-
porting his community and is set to become president of the Wonthaggi Rotary Club in
2017. He is pictured on the right with Rotary exchange student Brooke Harmer and former
Rotary president Graeme Sprague.
Calling Bass Coast youth
A LEONGATHA man was sentenced
to 10 and a half years imprisonment
after he was found guilty of serious
The 50 year old was tried on Friday morn-
ing at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court.
Phillips believes it’s busy schedules that stop
young people running for council.
“I have a business and I have children. Be-
ing a councillor takes a lot of dedication to be
a councillor and a busy work schedule quickly
eliminates any free time,” he said.
Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew agreed with
Mr Lamers, and said many young people were
unaware of the upcoming election.
“We need to talk to our young people. They
are the silent majority living in a busy society.
We want to hear their voices – they are the voices
we are missing,” he said.
Mr Lamers, 26, is currently the youngest can-
didate running in this October’s Bass Coast Shire
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